How Foundations Can Use Storytelling to Effect Change

Connection Cafe

Learn more in the free Blackbaud Foundation Solutions webinar, “Tell Your Foundation’s Impact Story.” The most effective communications aren’t about the person telling the story. A more effective path is to focus on the change your foundation wants to make – and then figure out who you need as partners to help you make that change. The real work is being done on the ground – you’re just there to help support it. Foundations grantmaking social impact storytelling

All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

Connection Cafe

At the forefront of strategies is impact investing. From the plenary speech alone, it was clear how much the impact investing field has evolved. But, impact investing means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The Path to Effective Impact Investing.

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7 Steps for Giving Effective Feedback

Connection Cafe

Whether you are giving the gift of feedback to an employee, a manager, a teammate, a donor, a supporter, an advocate, a peer, a parent, a partner, or any other human, there is a process you can use to ensure your gift is better accepted. The most effective feedback employs a process that considers the person and the message. SCARF stands for: S tatus – if a message impacts our status in relation to others our brain moves to threat state. Feedback is a gift.

6 Reasons Your Organization Should Implement Supporter-Led Campaigns in 2017

Connection Cafe

As nonprofit leaders look ahead and think about how to significantly expand the impact of their advocacy campaigns, there is one key tactic that may be your secret to punching above your weight: Supporter-Led Campaigns. You Reach New Supporters.

8 Ways Nonprofits Can Use VoIP Effectively

TechImpact

The post 8 Ways Nonprofits Can Use VoIP Effectively appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Infrastructure Support Tech Technology Planning Telephony VoIP Voice over Internet Protocol is a hot-topic amongst small businesses and nonprofit organizations, because it provides greater utility compared to traditional phones at almost half the cost. However, not all organizations take advantage of the feature-rich phones of the future.

Key Findings From the Fundraising Effectiveness Survey: Where Do We Go From Here?

Connection Cafe

Last week, our friends at AFP released the 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report. We can’t scale our programs or our impact without their support. Rally your most ardent supporters to advocate on your behalf and tap into new networks.

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Optimizing an Email Campaign for Fundraising Effectiveness

Byte Technology

Today’s non-profit organizations have much at their disposal to connect and engage with supporters. And yet, many non-profits aren’t leveraging one of the most tried-and-true methods of communication: an effective and well-planned email campaign.

Capacity Commons: A New Tool for Pro Bono Support

Connection Cafe

This is great news for nonprofits as effective skills-based volunteerism can amplify investments in key nonprofit infrastructure needs 7:1, based on the Independent Sector’s value of a skilled volunteer hour compared to traditional direct service volunteering.

3 Big Ways Artificial Intelligence Impacts Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

If nonprofit demand is poised to ignite a revolution in the adoption and use of AI in back-office applications, the uprising will begin with the following three “skirmishes” – immediate and current impacts of AI on nonprofit administration: Routine Administrative Tasks.

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44 Ways to Turn Nonprofit Supporters into Fundraising Superstars

Connection Cafe

Turning your supporters into fundraising superstars isn’t easy. Supporters can raise significant amounts of money and bring new donors to your organization. So, how can you help supporters become fundraising superstars? Teach Supporters to Fundraise and Provide Samples.

How Effective Branding Helps Achieve Nonprofit Mission

ASU Lodestar Center

An effective brand can be a positive influence on an organization’s assets (human and financial). It can impact their capacities to achieve goals, their social impact and their missions. Nonprofits require consistency for an effective brand.

Donor Stewardship: Guiding Donors to The Next Level of Support

Connection Cafe

A supporter’s first few gifts might be occasional, or the donor might align directly in the major gifts category. However, by paying attention to trends in your donor database, you can begin finding supporter trends that will signal when a supporter is primed to take the next step.

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Performing Arts Fundraising: How to Target Life-Long Supporters

Connection Cafe

And they are willing to do this with the hope that these new ticket buyers will become life-long supporters. With the high cost of acquiring a new supporter, it becomes even more important to retain them so you can realize the benefits of this initial investment.

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7 Keys to an Effective Social Media Ambassador Program

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As a beloved cause to many, you can find willing and effective influencers among your own ranks and volunteers. These are people who want to help amplify your message to increase your impact, share their passion, and recruit others to join the cause. .

But What if it FAILS? Using the FMEA Tool to Analyze the Potential Effects and Impacts of Failure

Museum 2.0

You fire up the crowd, energize supporters, and rally the troops. That tool is called Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA). Don't let yourself be distracted by the low-scoring ones--they are either so improbable or so minor in impact that they are not worth sweating.

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6 Effective Ways to Thank Donors for a Lasting Relationship

Everyaction

It’s a time to thank your most loyal supporters and make all donors, new and old, feel appreciated. When it comes to giving thanks, there’s plenty that can be done to acknowledge donors and nurture your relationships with supporters.

7 Steps To Effective Nonprofit Email Marketing

TechImpact

Here are 7 tips to increase the effectiveness your nonprofit’s email marketing campaigns today. It shows you’re going out of your way, and are truly appreciative of their support. Image courtesy of Devore Tech.

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5 Ways to Effectively Use Your CRM

Everyaction

Here are five of our favorite CRM-based tools that you might not know about, but definitely should be using to save time and maximize the impact of your work! Utilize A/B testing for more impactful emails. Track supporters' engagement across channels.

How to Broadcast Your Impact with Facebook Live

Connection Cafe

In short, nonprofits can now more deeply connect donors to moments of impact—immediately as they happen! Use Facebook Live to support and enhance your current strategy. Fold Facebook Live into your strategy by asking these questions: Where and when does impact happen?

Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. Overall, The CDSI game was an effective utilization of time that yielded meaningful results.

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44 Ways to Turn Your Supporters into Fundraising Superstars

NetWits

Turning your everyday supporters into fundraising superstars isn’t easy. Supporters raise significant amounts of money and bring new donors to your organization. So, how can you help supporters become fundraising superstars? Looking for additional resources like this?

9 Ways Social Media Can Help Nonprofits Ignite Supporter-Led Advocacy

Connection Cafe

Last weekend, more than 1 million people marched around the globe as part of a worldwide protest, in support of women’s rights , immigration reform, health care reform, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers’ rights.

How to Brand Your Nonprofit To Scale Your Positive Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How to Brand Your Nonprofit To Scale Your Positive Impact – Guest Post by Simon Mainwaring. Nonprofits do critical work in their communities and around the world and, in so doing, build the awareness of their brands to scale their impact.

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Platform Power: Scaling Impact

Museum 2.0

I value platforms for their power to scale impact. We believe that we can most effectively empower and bridge community members (our strategic goal) if we invite them to share their skills with each other.

Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” After spending five years living and breathing networks and measurement and designing and delivering many, many nonprofit capacity building programs, my focus is going to be on how nonprofits can apply measurement and their networks to learn for impact.

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Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

Connection Cafe

How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support. Make Your Pitch Relevant, Timely and Impactful. Nothing activates volunteers more effectively than something dear to them being cut or eliminated.

How to Effectively Engage Lawmakers at Town Hall Meetings

Connection Cafe

This is why Members of Congress hold town hall meetings – to get first-hand accounts of the impact of policies on their constituents. Whether the congressman supports you or not, they want to hear your story.

5 Ways to Use Crowdfunding to Rally Your #GivingTuesday Supporters

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Crowdfunding can be especially successful among a social-savvy demographic because a share or a like doesn’t cost supporters a cent. Crowdfunding is a great way to rally your supporters around your cause by encouraging them to get their friends on board, too!

11 Expert Tips for Nonprofits to Embrace Technology for Even Greater Impact

Connection Cafe

This conference brings together some of the top minds in nptech and gives attendees a chance to discuss what’s happening across the industry and share best practices for how to work smarter and create bigger, lasting impact with technology.

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How to Gain Support for Your Niche Organization

NonProfit Hub

If your nonprofit has a niche cause and you’ve been struggling to find new supporters, these tips could help. Put an emphasis on storytelling by using real names, avoiding fancy jargon and showing your donors the direct impact of their donations.

How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

Connection Cafe

The Leap Ambassadors Community is a group of nonprofit leaders who are passionate about “inspiring, motivating and supporting nonprofit and public sector leaders (and their stakeholders) to build great organizations for great societal impact.”.

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7 Tips for Building an Effective Nonprofit Annual Report

NonProfit Hub

The report serves several purposes, including recruiting volunteers, providing donors with an organizational vision, garnering community support and proving that the organization has kept records as they should. Profile your top supporters.

How can nonprofits effectively recruit and retain high-performing employees?

ASU Lodestar Center

At the sector level, reports have provided data and recommendations; unfortunately, many of these ideas have not been implemented effectively into the field.”. Organizations previously tended to hire executives the same way we hire field staff, which is not effective.

How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

NonProfit Hub

It’s hard to ramp up the good work you do if you don’t know how to concretely define, measure and communicate your impact to supporters. It’s important to learn how to share your efforts with the world, and even more important that you know just how big of an impact you’re making on the issue you’re trying to solve. Defining impact. Impact,” by definition, is the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. Measuring impact.

10 Steps to a More Effective Nonprofit Website

NetWits

It’s official; we launched our new full service creative agency for nonprofits this week – GUIDE Creative – Where we LOVE web design and making effective nonprofit website(s)! — Creating an effective nonprofit website isn’t easy.

Tips for Nonprofits on Using Social Media to Build Supporter Relationships

Connection Cafe

We asked some of our favorite nonprofit tech friends to share ideas for how organizations can use social media to build meaningful relationships with their supporters—donors, influencers and activists—and what that looks like on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

What Best Practices Exist in the Nonprofit Sector to Improve Operational Effectiveness and Achieve Greater Impact?

ASU Lodestar Center

In the face of increased accountability pressures, nonprofits are searching for ways to demonstrate their effectiveness (Liket and Maas, 2015). What is considered effective should advance the organizations mission and goals to achieve greater impact.

How To Find Effective Database Solutions for Social Services Organizations

Everyaction

Effective fundraising, member engagement, and volunteer management all hinge on the ability to collect and easily utilize information about supporters in both online and offline interactions.

Create Effective Nonprofit Websites Using 3 Simple Suggestions

NetWits

— Now I’ll suppress my excitement about our launch for another passion – tips 5, 6 and 7 in our series of posts on effective nonprofit websites. Let’s get right into the next three best practices for effective nonprofit websites.

Your Small Staff Can Make a Big Impact Using Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Donors may be impressed by the organization’s mission, impact or track record, and they make a contribution. History shows us that traditional fundraising works, but it’s not effective with every type of donor. You feel good about it, your friend appreciates your support, and the organization receives your contribution. Your small staff has effectively built a terrific fundraising network.

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5 Features of Effective Email Newsletters

John Haydon

Imagine a world where every email newsletter you sent out directly impacted the results of your organization. A world where open rates are high, readers are interested, and each new send resulted in more calls, more donations, and more people signing up to support your cause.

SocialCoding4Good: Mobilizing Technology and Volunteerism for Transformative Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

While working alongside corporate social responsibility and innovation teams was part of our initial long-term vision, the immediate interest and active participation from the likes of Cisco, Google, HP, ThoughtWorks, and VMware has been tremendous, with very real impact. SocialCoding4Good is an important partner supporting VMware's commitment to giving back and active learning through service,” says Nicola Acutt, Director of VMware Foundation.

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Social Impact Investments

ASU Lodestar Center

What criteria should nonprofits consider before accepting a social impact investment? As a result, an emerging method of investment, called social impact investment, has investors monitor the outcomes produced by their donations while simultaneously producing profit from their investment.